I was reading Young Livings recipes on cooking with essential oils and found this great recipe. The only thing I changed was I used raw honey but they turned out wonderful and on this downward stretch of summer with temps still staying pretty hot these are the perfect thing to cool you down.
So easy and things most of us have on hand, it only takes a little patience to wait as they set up.
1 14 oz can of coconut milk
1/3 cup of Coco powder
2 Tablespoon of coconut oil
2 Tablespoon of raw honey
1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Pour into molds, place in freezer for about 3 hours to set up.
The cold that seems to be hanging on has me dreaming of warmer days and easy meals with fresh ingredients. So, with my daydream of warm weather I was trying to think up a good recipe to share that is easy and uses essential oils in it.
I couldn’t come up with anything, maybe the cold has got me stuck and unable to think of something good to make, so I decided to look in a great recipe book and found exactly what I was wanting but didn’t realize it. Todays recipe comes from a great little recipe book The Essential DIY Recipe Series.
I got it from Young Living but I’ sure you could find it any place online.
I am going to give the exact recipe for Honey Lime Chicken Tacos but when I make it for me or others that don’t eat meat, I substitute the chicken with tofu and adjust the cooking time accordingly, so instead of hours I can do this in about 30 minutes because I use tofu.
Honey Lime Chicken Tacos
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
2 Cups salsa Verde
2 Teaspoon of Taco Seasoning (I use my own assortment of seasoning such as Chile, Cumin, white and black Pepper, Onion, Garlic powder, and salt)
4-5 Chicken Breast (or meatless option 2 14oz extra firm tofu)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
4 Drops Lime Essential Oil
1 Drop Cumin
Red Onion Slices
Stir together honey, lime juice, salsa verde and taco seasoning. If using chicken add a little of the sauce to the slow cooker (enough to coat the bottom) place chicken breast in the slow cooker and top with remaining sauce. Cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. When chicken is done shred with forks. Stir together the chicken, sauce, sour cream, and essential oils. Keep warm until ready to eat.
(For tofu, drain tofu and remove all moisture out of tofu by covering tofu with towel and placing a heavy object on top for at least 10 minutes then cut into cubes. Pour small amount of sauce in a warm pan add cubed tofu and remaining sauce, sour cream and essential oils, simmer for about 20 minutes. I have done it this way and browned the tofu first then added sauce, either way this is a good substitute for chicken tacos.)
When serving fill corn taco shells or corn tortillas with chicken/tofu mixture and add the garnishes, enjoy.
Quick little tip when cooking with essential oils always remember not all oils are safe to ingest. You must always use high-quality pure therapeutic grade essential oils and ALWAYS read the label on the bottle to make sure it is safe to use internally.
The summer is in full swing and maybe you are looking for ways to nourish your body but still have a nice cool treat. This recipe is great for that plus it’s quick to make, only about 5 minutes, not bad for a cool healthy filling treat.
Some might like to have it on a warm summer morning for a quick breakfast, but I have found this is great for the midafternoon when you are hot, sleepy, hungry and in desperate need of a pick me up.
You may use any protein powder, but I used a vegan base that has plant protein with other vitamins and supper foods in it but if you don’t have a good protein powder or like it try using unsweetened Greek Yogurt. This calls for frozen peaches and mangos but if you have fresh on hand that is even better, just make sure you add some ice.
Also, this recipe has Tangerine essential oils, so make sure you use only pure essential oils. Tangerine helps with calming, clearing and connecting when diffused or inhaled and when ingested can be great for immune boost and cell protection. Not only do you get great protein when using good protein powder and then the benefits of the peach and mango, but the oils help in ways maybe you never realized.
I had problems uploading pictures, so I used this refreshing picture of a peach.
½ Cup frozen peaches
½ Cup frozen mangos
2 scoops protein powder
12 oz cold water
3 drops Tangerine pure essential oils
Put all ingredients into blender.
Blend on highest setting for thirty seconds.
I went looking for a different recipe for Christmas morning, one that my family would like and yet different from what I usually do and that’s when I found this one pushed to the side folded and, in the middle of my box just waiting for me to blow the dust off and use once again.
Pro tip: Make the dough tonight so they’ll be ready to pop in the oven in the morning!
I’m sure if you have read any of my blog you realize I have a love for pasta and enjoy making up recipes that would probably be laughed at by anyone that does it well, maybe I should leave it up to the experts but I can’t help myself with trying new things or fully embracing other peoples recipes that evolve pasta.
I may have a carb addiction or maybe I should just move to a country where I fit in with my love of all things pasta who knows but todays recipe is from a great cookbook “The Essential DIY Recipes of Essential Cooking” by Essential Educators. This is a great book if you want to try using essential oils in your cooking. I’m not going to get into the debate of essential oils and ingesting them but I would love to share some benefits of basil and how in essential oil it can help. A big tip when cooking with essential oil, always, always make sure the essential oil is pure, know where they get the oil from and a little goes a long way.
In todays recipe it uses not only the essential oil but fresh so you get benefits from both.
Basil’s name is derived from “basileum” the Greek name for king and the uses can vary from the Italian women wearing basil to attract possible suitors or the Hindu people put basil sprigs on the chest of their dead to protect them from evil spirits. While in the 16th century powdered basil leaves were inhaled to treat migraines and chest infections. The medical properties are amazing, it is a powerful antispasmodic (an agent to suppresses muscle spasms) , antibacterial (and who doesn’t need that) plus it can be used on insect bits ( hello summers coming)…it is so amazing such a good tasting herb that is widely used can be so helpful. You can even use it aromatically to help fight mental fatigue and yes, defusing it really helps I have noticed it is pretty fast acting too.
This recipe is quick and with summer around the corner with all the benefits of basil its one I couldn’t help but share, I hope you like it and please let me know if you made it.
Basil-infused pasta primavera:
1lb. of Farfalle or pasta of your choice
4-6 drops Basil essential oil ( I only used 4 because a little goes a LONG way)
2 cups Fresh Broccoli Florets
1 medium Red Onion, diced
3 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 cup Fresh Spinach, coarsely chopped
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lemon Juice per taste
Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
2 Tablespoon minced fresh Basil for topping
Boil water for pasta. Add 4-6 drops of basil essential oil to the water. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté broccoli until just tender, about 7-10 minutes.
Combine pasta, broccoli, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Squirt the pasta primavera with lemon juice to taste, and then top with grated parmesan cheese and minced fresh basil.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
(Thanks to Essential oils pocket reference by Life Science. I use them so often but need to give a shout out, its such a helpful book if you want to know the benefits of essential oils.)
My daughter always tells me I should clean my brushes and I must confess that I might do it once a year! I know, that sounds bad but in my defense my go to daily makeup routine is mascara and chapstick. I feel like a runway model when I use tinted moisturizer and as for contouring I don’t even have a clue.
So since I feel I have such limited use with my brushes I thought I could be lazy but I really shouldn’t, so when I read a cool green cleaning tip for makeup brushes (on Young Living) I thought for all of us that don’t clean them but should and those great people who do clean here is an easy to do DIY.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Store in a glass bottle.
How to clean your makeup brushes:
Pour half of the makeup brush cleaner into a cup.
Wet the bristles of the makeup brush by holding the brush vertically, bristles down, under running water.
Once the bristles are wet, dip them in the cleaning solution.
Using a textured surface, scrub the brush in a circular motion.
Repeat steps 3-5 or until makeup is completely out of the brush.
Rinse the brush until there are no more bubbles or soap in the bristles.
Gently squeeze excess water out of the brush and lay it flat to dry.
With this great weekly find I found a great recipe for bathtub crayons from Young Living. I know that with summer winding down making days get shorter and our time spent indoors longer this would be a great thing to make so that the bath time struggles are gone leaving just the fun.
These wash off walls and leaves the kids clean. ( I would do a pre test area on the wall to make sure but they should wash off leaving no mess)
DYI bathtub crayon materials:
Essential oil* (We love SleepyIze™, Lavender, Citrus Fresh™, and German Chamomile.)
Cut the glycerin soap into 1-ounce pieces.
Using a small bowl, melt a 1-ounce piece in the microwave for 15 seconds. Continue heating for 3-second increments until the soap is fully melted.
Add 1–2 drops of essential oil.
Pour the glycerin mixture into the mold until it’s almost full. Avoid filling the mold to the brim, so the soap doesn’t spill over.
Add about 10 drops of dye to each individual mold—or as many drops as needed for your desired color—and gently stir to blend in the dye.
Repeat for as many colors as you want.
Let your crayons dry in the molds for 24 hours.
YL TIP: Do you use bath time as another way to help your little one unwind before bed? Pick the perfect essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere! Be sure to add SleepyIze or Lavender for a calming aroma that will prep junior for bedtime.
*While some essential oils in this recipe appear in our KidScents® line and are diluted and formulated for children, please note that we recommend additional dilution for use with infants and very young children.
If you are interested in essential oils please visit my web site or contact me with any questions.
I know it has been awhile since I found some great finds to share but I realized that I use my essential oils daily but I don’t talk much about them online. So I thought every Tuesday and/or Thursday when I share my great finds that I will share interesting facts and recipes pertaining to essential oils.
Today I am going to share part of my Thieves cleaning kit. (I have older post about thieves and how great it is to clean with and all the other uses for it.)
I was so excited when I received my kit. I don’t know what it is about kits but I feel like a kid on Christmas when I get something that comes all together. With this kit comes a nice bucket, a white cloth, a spray bottle, a 10.4 oz Thieves cleaner, small booklet that gives recipes on how to clean with out toxins and 5 essential oils in a red bag.
As you can see you get a lot so you can start cleaning your whole home with just a few items that last a lot of months.
Todays All-purpose cleaner recipe can be used from countertops to the bathroom and everything in-between.
Yield: approximately 16 fluid ounces
1 capful thieves Household Cleaner
2 Cups of water
Combine ingredients and store in a glass spray bottle. Spray surfaces liberally and wipe clean.
OPTIONAL add a few drops of pine, lemon, purification or tea tree essential oil.
This is safe to use around babies and pets and you don’t have to worry about chemicals.
You will find this and many more recipes on a safe alternative way to clean on Young Living’s blog (if you are a member.) If you are interested on purchasing any products or becoming a member or perhaps you have questions you may go to my website or email me.
This weeks great find is from Young Living. One of their essential oil blends that I really love and use is Thieves.
Legend has it that in the 15th-century, French authorities offered leniency to a group of thieves in exchange for their secret aromatic mixture. Their formulation of powerful botanicals was believed to protect them while they pillaged communities.
Centuries later, we know that their secret blend of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals contained powerful, naturally derived constituents that may have protected this band of bandits. Legend or no, Thieves® Vitality™ and our plethora of Thieves products, with the powerful essential oils of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, provide both wellness support and the power to care for your home without synthetics or harsh chemicals.
This is worth checking into with the dreaded season of colds/flu that is upon us. I have used this product for years with great success by using it to clean with out the harsh chemicals and it keeps me healthy.
You may find the oil blend and the whole Thieves line at my website that I have below.